Thrombosis is the formation of blood clot in the blood vessels. It causes the world’s top three cardiovascular killers: heart attack, stroke and venous thromboembolism (VTE).
Deep venous thrombosis (DVT) is blood clot formation in the leg.
Pulmonary Embolism (PE) is when blood clot in the leg breaks off and travels up to the lungs.
Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is a collective name for both DVT and PE
Therefore, DVT can progress to PE if not prevented or caught early.
PE is deadly and requires immediate medical attention.
Warning signs of DVT in the leg may include:
Warning signs of PE may include:
– Chest pain
– Rapid heart rate
– Rapid breathing
– Lightheadedness or passing out.
1 in 4 people worldwide are dying from conditions caused by thrombosis. Venous thrombosis (VTE) is often preventable.
RISK FACTORS INCLUDE:
Obesity, cigarette smoking, trauma, hospitalization, cancer, prolonged immobility, family history of VTE, using medications containing estrogen, pregnancy/recent birth.
– Stretch your legs and perform ankle rolls to #keeplifeflowing while travelling a long distance.
– Take a break to stand up and stretch for 5 minutes every few hours of sitting at your desk all day.
– Get your blood flowing by taking the stairs instead of the elevator.
– Take a short walk everyday to get your blood flowing.
– Park your car some distance away from your office to enable you take a short walk to your office if you drive to work.
– Stand up, stretch, and move your legs at every commercial break while watching TV.
– Whether you’re trying a new sport or going for a walk, physical activity is great for your circulatory system.